The Guru: A Beacon of Enlightenment on the Journey of Wisdom

The Guru: A Beacon of Enlightenment on the Journey of Wisdom

गुरू ब्रह्मा गुरू विष्णु, गुरु देवो महेश्वरा गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्म, तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः

 

In the spiritual realm, this mantra venerates the Guru as the embodiment of creation, preservation, and destruction. The Guru is a transformative force, capable of healing the sick, illuminating the unknown, and changing lives.

The term “Guru” originates from the Sanskrit words ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. ‘Gu’ signifies darkness or ignorance, while ‘Ru’ represents light. Thus, a Guru is a beacon of enlightenment, guiding us from the shadows of ignorance to the dawn of knowledge. They sow the seeds of growth, leading us towards self-realization, and liberating us from the worldly constraints of body and mind.

The Essence of Guru Purnima: Guru Purnima, observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August), is a tribute to Maharshi Veda Vyasa, the revered sage who edited the Vedas, authored the Mahabharata, the 18 Puranas, and shared his wisdom with the world. It was on Guru Purnima that Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa achieved enlightenment, revealing the importance of a Guru to the world.

Guru Purnima is a day of profound spiritual and scientific significance. It is a day when we acknowledge the celestial presence of Planet Jupiter, known as Bṛhaspati in India, among the Navagraha (the nine planets). Jupiter, revered as a symbol of kindness, optimism, knowledge, and wisdom, is aptly titled the Guru of planets.

Guru Purnima coincides with the Full Moon Day, a time ripe with positive opportunities and the potential to amplify our positive energy. On this auspicious day, the moon’s gravitational pull strives to draw everything on Earth closer, a phenomenon evident in the vast tidal waves in the oceans. During Guru Purnima, the gravitational pulls of both the moon and the sun align, creating a combined force that resonates within us.

As humans, our bodies are approximately 70% water, with blood being the predominant fluid. We are susceptible to the influence of these gravitational forces. The gravitational pull affects every part of our bodies and influences the Kundalini Shakti and Chakras.

The meditation performed during Guru Purnima enables the activation of the chakras by harnessing the abundant cosmic energy that permeates the universe. The practice of Shaktipat stimulates chakras, facilitating the upward movement of Kundalini Shakti.

As we come together to celebrate Guru Purnima, let’s delve into profound tales that unveil the mystic prowess of gurus, revealing the boundless grace that unfolds within their presence.

The Tale of Ekalavya: The Mahabharata presents the inspiring tale of Ekalavya, a young man who defied societal norms to chase his dreams. Despite being denied formal training by the esteemed guru, Dronacharya, Ekalavya’s unwavering determination led him to master archery through self-discipline and devotion. This tale teaches us the power of resilience and unwavering faith in oneself.

TheStory of Ramanand and Kabir: Kabir, despite facing societal barriers due to his lower caste, never let his quest for enlightenment waver. His relentless pursuit led him to lie in Ramanand’s path during his morning bath. Recognizing Kabir’s deep yearning for knowledge, Ramanand accepted him as his disciple, transcending societal norms and spreading the message of universal love and acceptance.

In the words of Sahib Kabir, “गुरु गोविंद दोऊ खड़े, काके लागू पाय बलिहारी गुरु आपनो, जिन गोविंद दियो बताय।।,” we understand that even when faced with both Guru and God, it is the Guru who deserves our utmost reverence. The Guru illuminates our path, guiding us toward the divine and helping us unravel the mysteries of existence.

As we conclude our spiritual journey, the tales of Ekalavya and the encounter between Ramanand and Kabir exemplify the unwavering devotion, determination, and self-sacrifice that are hallmarks of a true seeker.

On this Guru Purnima, let us remember that the mere presence of a Guru in the world electrifies the atmosphere and inspires millions of people to turn to spiritualism. A guru comes to us by the grace of God, and brings divine wisdom, according to our preparation, readiness, aspiration, karma, and faith. Let us express our gratitude to the Gurus who have illuminated our paths, dispelling the darkness within us and leading us to the eternal light of wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. Let us continue to support the Mission so that more souls may benefit from this priceless wisdom.

गुरुवे नमः।